CARLOS: Has Mike Smith ever explained is rationale as to why he never defer to the second half?
DOL: Yes. He likes his offense with the ball. They score a lot of points and are pretty good at first drives. From team’s weekly release: “Starting fast and finishing strong has been a staple of Smith’s teams during his
time in Atlanta. This zoom focus has seen the Falcons post a 43-12 record in games where they score first. Since
2008, the Falcons lead the League in points scored on their first offensive possession. In 2013, the Falcons rank
tied for second in the NFL with 14 first possession points, including scores in each of the last two games.” (Not so sure about the finished strong here lately. –dol)
BEN: Is this the week Roddy White abandons his role as the highest paid decoy in the NFL?
DOL: I don’t believe so. It’s not like he wants to be a decoy. He’s playing on one good ankle. Tough hombre.
MIKE MOORE: Do you leaders realize the window is closing?
DOL: It’s never closed, but it’s clear they may have missed on some of these linemen. Not really sure how you improve blocking in-season. That will be the biggest challenge of 2013.
DUDE: Biggest concern for Falcons' defense: New England's passing or running?
DOL: Passing game. Brady can cut you up with just Julian Edelman if you’re not careful. Falcons have stopped Blount before and Ridley is not Barry Sanders Jr.
AL B: Can everybody please calm down and let the people that are paid to figure this out do their jobs over the next THIRTEEN games?
DOL: That’s no fun!!!
TAMARA: What changes have been made for this upcoming game? How will the Falcons be more proactive in the redzone?
DOL: Sam Baker returned to practice and if healthy he might be able to help the line. It appears they are going to have to power the ball through the red zone with Jason Snelling as teams are taking away their passing options and getting in Matt Ryan’s face too quickly.
He has been playing well.
Thanks for stopping by with your questions.
He's given up some catches, but has played well.
I think so. He's made plays when he's received the opportunity to play.
Always need an assistant!!!
The Dolphins have struggled to cover tight ends -- Jordan Cameron and Coby Fleener -- this season.
DOL -- We'll see if the backups can step up this week.
Good afternoon. Me being a female football fanatic, is very worried about our HomeTeam. With these injuries, what can our 2nd String bring to the table. Can they pull off a win? What are the odds? Enquiring minds want to know. And I'm SURE, we have some bad azz talent just sitting on the bench. Lets get them to work... what say you? --Tracy
The Dolphins are favored by a point.
Hmm, is some cranberry juice also involved?
Jeff Fish, the Falcons director of athletic performance, was released on Tuesday, the team confirmed.
The move is surprising because several players credited Fish with improving their strength, speed and agility.
Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez credited Fish's kettle bell workouts with helping him to continue to play at a high level at age 36.
He also oversaw quarterback Matt Ryan's offseason workouts last season that were credited for his improve strength down the stretch.
Except for the 2009 season, the team has not been beset with a great deal of serious injuries on Fish's watch.
I was thinking it might take like four games.
I think you have to look at that. I thing the new CBA rules certainly can explain all of the missed tackles.
I concur. Holmes' project period is over. He needs to start playing.
I'm not buying the Saints yet.
Roddy did practice yesterday. Maybe he's a quick healer and will be more than a decoy.
The Saints look bad, except for when they are playing the Falcons. If Falcons can make it through the rash of injuries and get that line firmed up, they could make a decent run this season.
Nobody plays their starters much anymore. Not really sure where all of the injuries are coming from. They did have some changes in their "Athletic Performance" department over the offseason.